“The Hunter Valley Research Foundation is an expression of the determination of the citizens of this Valley to bring knowledge gained from scientific research to the solution of the problems they face in bringing the resources of the Valley to full development and in contributing still further to the prosperity of the Commonwealth. It is … More Hunter Valley Research Foundation Archives
Town Hall verses City Hall Is Newcastle a “town” or a “city”. Most locals refer to it as “town”, and its former majestic Town Hall building is generally referred to as Newcastle’s Town Hall, as it was built in the 1920s, and opened in 1929, when Newcastle was still a town. Newcastle officially became a … More Is Newcastle (Australia) a “Town” or a “City”?
“Hollywood” Nestled between the suburbs of Lambton and Jesmond New South Wales existed the camp or shanty town known as “Hollywood”. On the 24th February 2023, historians from the University of Newcastle’s Hunter Living Histories toured the archaeological dig with senior archaeologist Tim Adams, from Unwelt Pty Ltd. One of the participants, Lachlan Wetherall has … More Hunter Living Historians Go To “Hollywood”
We are calling for Fringe Histories Project blog posts on the Hunter Living Histories website. We are inviting students, alumni, and academics to use Special Collections resources and contribute blog posts on themes reflecting diversity, our marginalised communities and lost histories on the fringe of research. Some of our research and resources are available online … More Fringe Histories 2023 – Call for blog posts
Tahlee Historic Site Visit By Robert and Coralie Watson Visit to Tahlee Two weeks ago, Coralie and I visited Tahlee, the ‘home’ of the Australian Agricultural Company (a.k.a. A.A.Co) when they were granted 1 million acres to farm sheep. This visit was organised by Dr Les Kilmartin, to coincide with the 200 year … More Tahlee Historic Site Visit (2022)
Material Life on the Hunter By Dr Paula Jane Byrne This work respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. The Scott family arrived in the colony in 1822 and the Rusden family arrived in 1834. The families were linked when Saranna Rusden married Helenus Scott in 1835. The Scotts were … More Material Life on the Hunter
Cook sights the “small round rock or island” According to the 1790 published account of Captain Cook’s Voyages Round the World, around noon on the 10th May 1770, Cook sights the “small round rock or island” later to be known to Europeans as “Nobbys” and to the Aboriginal people of Newcastle Mulubinba as “Whibayganba”. At … More Did Captain Cook Sight and Draw the “Small Round Rock or Island” now known as Nobbys Whibayganba on 10th May 1770?
You are invited to the launch of the Dr Bob James Fraternal Societies Exhibition at Special Collections (Auchmuty Library) Callaghan Campus on Wednesday 23 March, 2-3 pm. Dr Bob James has prepared the following blog post associated with the upcoming exhibition and we sincerely thank him for his contribution. A selection of items from the … More INVITE Dr Bob James Fraternal Societies Exhibition
Acknowledgment of Aboriginal Country The Dunghutti people are the traditional custodians of the land surrounding the Macleay River catchment and the Apsley River catchment. This work respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. DOWNLOAD Macleay River report on entrance to. by Sir John Coode. Sydney : George Stephen … More Report on The Entrance To The Macleay River (1890)
What is the aim of the Project? To archaeologically survey, document and verify the location of the Sturt expedition’s (1844-1846) underground room at Depot Glen, near Milparinka. What is the “Underground Room”? The “underground room” is a subterranean bunker dug out by Sturt’s expedition team in 1845 to escape the heat of the summer, and … More The Quest for Sturt’s “Underground Room” (1845)